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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 435 Lance George Taylor Lance was a singular person who charted a singular and successful course in life that those of us who knew him always admired and envied. He was a Renaissance man, learned not just in law, but in history, calculus, chaos theory, art, music, wine and scotch (good antidotes to chaos), and in living life well and loving his family and friends largely. Born in Vancouver, he spent his formative years living above his parents’ bicycle shop on East Hastings. One of his favourite stories from his youth was when his father, Geordie—who had been a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot in WWII and was uncannily resourceful (as you will hear later in this piece), needed a utility hookup, and so tunneled under the street to locate a connection. As Lance and his younger brother Dean were small, Geordie held their feet while they did some of the digging. When Lance was about eight years old, his family moved to Richmond, where Lance then lived throughout all but his last couple of years. Geordie took the position of chief of orthotics for the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre treating survivors of the polio epidemic of the early 1950s and individuals who had suffered spinal cord injuries, while Lance, along with his three siblings, proceeded through school, graduating from Steveston High. It was there, in grade 10, that Lance met his life partner, Charmaine, though at the time they were merely travelling in the same social circles. It was not until she had spent a few months away in Ontario that they realized they were fated to be a couple. Lance went to UBC to be an architect but, as he put it, soon “learned that I am not able to draw a straight line.” So he entered the liberal arts faculty where he took a catholic variety of courses before obtaining his B.A. in English. In the meantime, realizing he had better make a move to secure his good fortune, he convinced Charmaine to marry him. She agreed and then threw in the bonus of typing all his papers for his courses, as she worked for IBM and had access to its typewriters after hours. Lance and Charmaine, who were spouses, friends and soulmates for the next 46 years, settled into a modest home in south Richmond that was gradually transformed into a grand residence through several additions and renovations. There they got busy and soon had two children, Genevieve in 1973 (who is now well known and respected as a partner with Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers) and Zach in


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